Throughout the story Frankenstein, we can see and interpret many themes. One of these, in particular, is that the desire for revenge leads to destruction. Both of the main characters are dead set on revenge throughout parts of the story, which ultimately leads to their fates. Mary Shelley develops the theme in Frankenstein, the desire for revenge leads to destruction, in a variety of ways. The first of those is when the creature kills William because he heard the name Frankenstein.
[and it] bent [its] mind towards injury and death” (Shelley 99). These events caused the monster to devote its sole purpose to enacting revenge on those who wronged it.
The problem Victor tried to avoid was the reproduction of the two monsters. This would leave him responsible for an entire race of monsters, holding him accountable for all disasters and misery. Victor, also, is interested in creations by himself without the help of a woman. Victor’s destruction of the female monster can be viewed as an act of anti-feminism.
Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein follows the story of a scientist and his experiment gone wrong. Victor Frankenstein, the scientist, abandons his creature at the first sight of it coming to life. The monster, left alone and afraid, transforms from a warm, loving character to one that seeks revenge as the toils of nature and reality begin to take control. Their title changes of “master” and “subordinate” are often referenced in Frankenstein, and plays off the feelings of vengeance they have for each other. Shelley has built the novel around this relationship in a way that captures not only the audience’s attention but also the character’s feelings of regret and hatred as the consequences of exceeding these moral boundaries come to haunt them in the decisions they make and influence the people around them.
He hated his creator to such a degree that he was willing to do anything to hurt him. The monster was right, however, in hating Victor because of Victor’s terrible treatment and disposition towards the monster. The first wrong that Victor committed was making the monster unbearably ugly. When he first creates the
The monster is also capable of wanton destruction when he burns down the DeLaceys’ house and dances “with fury around the devoted cottage”(123) like a savage. Finally, the monster seems to enjoy the pain he causes Frankenstein: “your sufferings will satisfy my everlasting hatred” (181) he writes to Victor. Were these pieces of evidence taken out of context, the reader would surely side with Frankenstein. But Shelley prevents such one-sidedness by letting the monster tell his version of the story. The monster’s first-person narrative draws the reader in and one learns that the creature is not abomination
Comparison can be made between Ahab and the monster in Frankenstein on the basis of revenge that the monster wanted to take from Victor. Victor lost all the power over his creation when the monster killed William. Frankenstein immediately felt responsible for the crime because he never made his creation to go around and kill people. After destroying the work of second creature, the monster threaten Victor saying that, “Remember that I have power; you believe yourself miserable, but I can make you so wretched that the light of day will be hateful to you. You are my creator, but I am your master;—obey!”
He swears to take revenge on his creator, Victor, so he killed Victor’s friends and family one by one. In the end, the monster also killed Victor’s wife Elizabeth. It wanted Victor to know how it felt during its life, lonely and misunderstood. In the middle of the novel, Victor makes a statement to Walton about his destiny, trying to use his own experience to exhort, change, and prevent Walton’s desire and passion for adventure.
As a result, the creation decides to get revenge on Victor by killing all of his loved ones, consequently causing Victor and the creation to devote their lives to obtaining vengeance upon one another. By giving her characters the trait of ambition, Mary Shelley uses her novel, Frankenstein, to express that going beyond the limits of ambition can cause people to negatively change who they are in society. Early in the book, as Victor starts to construct the creation, he becomes passionate in his work,
“I was seized by remorse and the sense of guilt, which hurried me away to hell of intense tortures such as no language can describe.” (Frankenstein 101) Frankenstein is a novel written by Mary Shelley. This quote was said by Victor Frankenstein explaining how he felt about Justine’s trial after the death of William. Once Justine’s trial ended in her death, Victor became very guilty because he knew that this all started because of his passion and ignorance that led to the creation of his dream.
Victor blames himself for the deaths of his friends when he says, "I am the cause of this-I murdered her. William, Justine and Henry-they all died by my hands”(136). This is essentially true because it was Frankenstein who created the Creature and made him a monster by abandoning him. It is Frankenstein who is the monster Frankenstein hating himself for lack of thought when unleashing his creation into the world upon his own kind., the monster hating him for his abandonment. In their hate they are each fighting for control of the
The theme of Frankenstein is revenge and how it influences one, when affected, in doing stuff that affects one's family and loved one. At first, when the creature is brought to life, he is confused and feels abandoned after his creator leaves in disgust after seeing him. The creature is first mistreated by Victor and then by the De Lacey family, leaving the creature to feel pain and anger, turning to revenge. The creature compares himself to the devil saying, “I ought to be thy Adam, but I am rather the fallen angel, whom thou drivest from joy for no misdeed,” (Shelley 42). The creature turns to revenge in a want to hurt those who have hurt him.
In the novel Frankenstein, Victor Frankenstein is faced with guilt following the murder of his family and friends, with the monster he had created being responsible for their deaths. Victor, outraged and filled with hatred for his own creation, swears that the rest of his life will be devoted to destroying the creature he had once worked so hard in bringing to life. Although Victor is correct in the fact that this monster needs some form of punishment, the way Victor goes about it ends up leading to his demise. Victor understands what he must do to bring the monster to justice, although it is terribly executed. He knows that by creating the monster, he is also a culprit.
Any individual is a natural product of their upbringing, and thus, their past. Individuals that are brutalized or abandoned in their past become proactively violent as a defense mechanism, like an abused dog that bites the hand that feeds it. Mary Shelley exemplifies this in Frankenstein through the use of the monster, whom having experienced punishment for simply existing becomes a malicious creature that seeks revenge on his creator. An individual is taught how to behave by their rewards or punishments for their actions.
Society views those who are aesthetically pleasing in a positive way and those who are less pleasant to the eye are immediately judged in a negative way. In the novel Frankenstein, author Mary Shelley shares the comparison between Victor’s actions and how a man should not sacrifice his humanity in the pursuit of knowledge. Mary gives us many examples as to when Victor did not remain engaged in the real world and how that backfired. Victor’s creation slaughters his cousin, younger brother, and best friend. Victor’s actions become the characteristics of a monster to which he kills the monster’s potential mate and causes the death of the most important people to Victor.